Creating Reading Lists – Good Places to Start

creating reading lists
Choosing quality books can be a challenge, but thankfully, others have gone before us and created wonderful literature-rich curriculum. From these, I glean titles for our reading lists. I check the library first for availability. If you will be purchasing books from these lists for your library, consider using our Amazon affiliate link. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but provides a bit of income for us to pay for the server and domain name for this blog.

Please use your own judgment when choosing books from these lists. Some of the Sonlight titles especially do meet my criteria for quality books – Jake Drake Bully Buster being one of these. I use these lists as inspiration and to gauge whether a book would be at the approximate reading level I am aiming for.

For a new reader:

Sonlight lists – peruse the grade 1 and grade 2 readers
Heart of Dakota lists – the emerging reader list has some overlap with the Sonlight 2nd grade list.

Once your child has read all or most of the above books:

I like the Drawn Into the Heart of Reading optional book packs lists from Heart of Dakota. Start at the 2/3 list and work your way up (or start at the level your child is at).

I also use the other Sonlight reader lists. Grade 3, Grade 4/5. I haven’t used Sonlight’s lists pass these grades.

Once your child is reading at about 4th grade and beyond:

When we got to this point with my first child, I had no idea where to find books appropriate in content (she was only 5), yet challenging enough. At that point, I used:

Ambleside Online – check their Additional Books for Free Reading and Literature lists
Mater Amabilis – this is a Catholic Charlotte Mason curriculum, but their literature lists are not specifically Catholic.

Favorite Picture Book Read-Aloud Inspiration:

Just because your child can read long novels, it doesn’t mean you have to stop reading picture books! Check out books on these lists:

Before Five in a Row (ages 2-4+)
Five in a Row volumes 1-4  scroll right to the bottom for the book lists (K+ though some of the titles work for younger audiences, especially those from volume 1)
Memoria Press PK4 read aloud list
Memoria Press Kindergarten read aloud list (we use the Kindergarten Enrichment guide that goes with it)
Memoria Press 1st Grade (also has a go-along enrichment guide), 2nd Grade, and 3rd grade read aloud titles.

What are your favorite book lists for finding content appropriate books for your children?

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